YIKES!!! Eastward Ho!!

Well now, this was certainly some disturbing news to read first thing in the morning.  We have earthquake insurance but still!!
At the Salton Sea, a warning sign of the Big One?
Scientists are watching closely to see if small faults crossing under the Salton Sea are transferring energy to the larger, more dangerous San Andreas fault after a series of small quake swarms in the area.

The quakes appeared to be tapering off by Monday afternoon, according to the monitoring system run by the U.S. Geological Survey and Caltech. But in a 48-hour period starting Saturday morning, 42 quakes shook just south of Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea. The quakes ranged in magnitude from 0.5 to 3.3, with three larger than 3.0 hitting the area Saturday afternoon.

Scientists are particularly interested in the area because an earthquake that starts in Bombay Beach and ripples northwest along the San Andreas fault could be the Big One that devastates Los Angeles, said Graham Kent, a research geophysicist at UC San Diego.
These quakes appear to be taking place at the hazy intersection of several recently mapped faults crossing beneath the Salton Sea and the the San Andreas fault.

The worry for scientists comes from a case in 1987, when a magnitude-6.2 earthquake on one of the crossing faults appeared to trigger a 6.6 quake 12 hours later on the Superstition Hills fault to the south. The San Andreas fault is north of these crossing faults and the geometry is similar, Kent said.

This swarm, he said, "is a flashing yellow light that tells you to be prepared and to spend some time trying to understand the significance."

These last time a swarm of this type occurred in the area was 2001, so they are not especially unusual, said Kate Hutton, a seismologist at Caltech.

Hutton said scientists do not yet know if quakes this small can trigger anything dangerous on the San Andreas.

"Every time you have a swarm of earthquakes, it does raise the chances of having a larger quake, but it doesn’t raise it a huge number," she said.

Yeah, sure Kate!!  Like we’re not already living on the edge.
This Rascal Flatts song is their latest and my favorite.  They just keep getting better!!!  Tomorrow, anything but Rascal Flatts for awhile.
Take care
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11 Responses to YIKES!!! Eastward Ho!!

  1. Shelly says:

    Yikes is right…. I saw the HO! And since I’m a huge Wagon Train fan (i’m a geek I know) I thought it was about that…. Wagons HO! tee hee ha ha Hope you are staying safe and happy. Take care you… the neighborhood must be pretty darn quiet these days. ttfn

  2. Beth says:

    Bob, you be careful. We don’t want to lose you and the critters.Hugs,Beth

  3. maillady says:

    How in the world do you prepare for that? Do you take things off the walls? Can you gather your critters quickly in a safe room? Do you pack valuables? Or is it a wait and see situation? I’ve never experienced such a thing. BTW, What happened to Burt? I don’t know what I’d do abouy my fish tank. You certainly do live on the edge!

  4. Jade says:

    Lots of tectonic stuff going on in the pacific & alaska also

  5. Grandma's says:

    That is not the kind of thing one wants to read in the morning paper….that’s for sure. We live in an earthquake zone too and for as far back as I can remember we have been warned that the Big One will hit. I have no doubt as soon as our reporters get wind of what is happening down your way….our newspapers are going to start with articles and articles of earthquake preparedness etc etc. I don’t know how many times over the years I have updated my earthquake kit….and then at one point I got so fed up and just put it away into storage. Now I don’t even know where it is LOL….Oh Well, I can’t worry about it…che sera, sera.Take care my friend.Oh, and when will Burt come out of hibernation, approximately??

  6. Kat says:

    whole lotta shakin goin’ on!

  7. .. says:

    Hmmm … an earthquake is never welkomed. But really, there is nothing to be done to avoid it ….unless … you two have decided TO MOVE TO CANADA !!! How many signs do ya need : crime, violence, earthquakes … it’s TIME TO MOVE !!! You guys take care of you !!! Have a great and peaceful night. Alex xxx

  8. Jude says:

    Suuuure, and I’m going to San Francisco soon – NOT what I wanted to hear!!!! LOLI am not going to think about earthquakes, I am not going to think about earthquakes, I am not going to think about earthquakes…..YEAH RIGHT!!!! lol

  9. ♥ Aimee says:

    very scary indeed…~*:.♥.:*~ because you shared a smile :o) someone’s day got brighter… ~*:.♥.:*~

  10. CAROL says:

    WHAT’S SHAKIN BOB?? HEHEHEH I could not resist that.. hope things calm down some this old world is so un predictable.. take care : ) PS I want to see your work space on MOnday oh yeah I think you posted that once before didn’t you?? Lap tops ou can post with the wireless almost anyplace nowdays.. hehehehe NO TOILET HUMOR okay! LOL : )

  11. Sue says:

    Well, you could really have shoreline property if a big one comes. I remember in college, kids were saying that California would break off and fall into the ocean eventually. Hope that’s not too soon, though. Just nail stuff down and hope for the best. Can’t regulate what will happen, but you can be sort of prepared. Oh, and make sure your Rascal Flatts collection is safe too….

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